Narrating the Carib War: Douglas Taylor and the Struggle over History (1930–1940)

Peter Hulme

in Remnants of Conquest

Published in print November 2000 | ISBN: 9780198112150
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191670688 | DOI:
Narrating the Carib War: Douglas Taylor and the Struggle over History (1930–1940)

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The New York Times told of how starvation had hit the island following a violent hurricane and that the rioting began in the Carib Reserve. A Commission of Enquiry was established by the Colonial Office to enquire into conditions generally in the Carib Reserve and to make recommendations for the future welfare of the Caribs. This brought to Dominica and eventually to the Carib Reserve itself two men who were ‘visitors’ in the most official sense of that word, Chief Justice James Stanley Rae and Sir Sydney Armitage-Smith. However, Edward Carlyon Eliot made it plain that the man really responsible for the incident was a visiting Englishman, Douglas Taylor, who had stirred up trouble. Eliot was quietly relieved of his post shortly after the Commission reported. Taylor, however, settled on Dominica and became the leading 20th-century expert on Carib culture, consulted by many post-war visitors up to the time of his death in 1980.

Keywords: Carib Reserve; Commission of Enquiry; Caribs; James Stanley Rae; Sydney Armitage-Smith; Edward Carlyon Eliot; Douglas Taylor; Dominica; culture

Chapter.  19332 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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